David J. Hutson, Ph.D.

I received my Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Michigan in 2012, and am currently an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-2014) at Ripon College in Wisconsin.

My research focuses on the intersection of health, gender, and the body in social life.  In my dissertation, I explored the concept of bodily capital, specifically as it is built up, exchanged, and used to negotiate status differences around age and gender in personal trainer-client relationships.  I also investigated the how the fit-appearing physiques of trainers provide a degree of moral and health authority in their interactions with clients.  This research appears in the journal, Social Science & Medicine.

I have also written on the Sociology of Diagnosis and co-edited a volume in the Advances in Medical Sociology series.  My other research has included a qualitative study of how appearance choices are connected to "post-closet" gay and lesbian identities (Symbolic Interaction); as well as a collaborative content analysis researching contemporary advice books to parents of gay and lesbian children (Journal of Family Issues). 

Research interests: Gender, Culture, Body/Embodiment, Health/Illness, Sexualities, Qualitative Methods.

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